- Written by Barbara Kennedy
SERIES: WHO KILLED SCOTT MACKLEM?
Author’s Note: Every wrongful conviction causes dual torment: the torment of the innocent yet imprisoned individual, and the social torment that the actual perpetrator remains free. This blog focuses primarily on the latter, in the hope that we will gain more knowledge about the murderer of Scott Macklem.
Post #2: Reputations
You may wonder how the investigation of the murder of Scott Macklem resulted in a wrongful conviction. Scott was 20 years old when he was found shot to death in a parking lot at St. Clair County Community College on November 5, 1986. Scott grew up in Croswell, Michigan. His father was elected Mayor of Croswell in 1982, while Scott was attending Croswell-Lexington High School. Scott’s father also owned an insurance agency in Croswell. He was an influential member of the community.
Although Scott was a good student and excellent athlete in high school, there is evidence that things changed after he graduated. He was slipping as a student at St. Clair County Community College, and didn’t have the ambition one would expect from the son of such a successful and prominent father. There is broad speculation that Scott had become involved in using cocaine, and that he may have even been involved in dealing cocaine. If this is true, and they were aware of (or even suspected) this, it was undoubtedly embarrassing to his family, and to his pregnant fiancée.
Mysteriously, no one involved in the investigation of Scott’s murder focused on any information about Scott’s lifestyle and associations in 1986 and 1987.
- Written by Julie Baumer
The ceremonial Bill signing for compensation to those wrongfully imprisoned in Michigan took place in Lansing, on Tuesday February 14, 2017.
Cooley Law school invited Michigan exonerees to a reception prior to the signing scheduled for 3pm. I asked my elderly father if he was up to taking the trip from our residence in Roseville to our state’s capital. Of course, he was up to it. It is something that we have been waiting for a very long time. So as, not to be rushed, we arrived thirty minutes prior to the scheduled time. To my surprise, many of my fellow exonerees were already present with their families. Obviously, the joy and anticipation of the day’s events were also felt by them.
During the Cooley reception, we all had time to breath, relax, and catch up with each other. It was a moving experience and I’m thankful for the gratitude and hospitality that the staff and students from Cooley Law extended to all present.
After the reception, we all walked to the Capitol Building where we met State Representative Stephanie Change, who sponsored the bill, along with Steve Bieda in the Senate. The group was formally introduced to the House of Representatives with a warm welcoming.
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